Lisa Akbari, known by her patients as “The Hair Doctor,” began as a licensed Cosmetologist and Aesthetician in 1977, and is now a certified Trichologist. As a regular contributor to Grace Magazine, Akbari explains black women’s complex hair and scalp problems in an easy to understand informative way. Featured in JET Magazine, Akbari provides practical advice to some of the most intense hair and scalp issues affecting black women. Akbari’s seminars, workshops, classes, and books, educates patients, dermatologists, and hairstylists on how to prevent aging hair. Akbari along with her husband, Hooshang Akbari, are the directors and lead Trichologists of Hair Nutrition and Research Clinic in Memphis, Tennessee. Akbari authored The Black Woman’s Guide to Beautiful Hair, Nielsen rated as the #1 selling Black Hair Care book. Her latest book, Any Woman’s Guide to Beautiful Hair at Any Age, is in bookstores now.www.lisaakbari.com
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Many African Americans suffer from hair and scalp dehydration during the winter months. Have you ever noticed how dry and “ashy” your hands and feet are in the winter or during whether changes? Well there is a reason for these changes: the air is so dry that moisture is pulled from whatever is moist- in this case your skin, and your hair and scalp are suffering right along with the rest of the body. Under such circumstances, Hair and Scalp Dehydration can develop. HSD is a developed disorder that occurs when the hair and scalp is depleted of its natural moisture. This occurs in two ways: first, lack of the appropriate natural moisture to offset the sudden change in the climate or the environment that the hair and scalp is exposed to; second, using hair products that have a high pH, high protein, or high alcohol content. In extreme cases HDS will cause chronic scalp itch and flakes and hair breakage. During the winter months your hair goes through several traumatic and dehydrating dry changes in the course of a single day. You may have never thought about this, but if you live in a part of the country or world where the air is always dry or the winters are cold and dry, your hair and scalp has suffered from a form of HSD.2 years, 6 months ago
Many black women ask this very question; "should I grow natural or go straight?"2 years, 6 months ago
It has become more and more apparent that our bodies could benefit from some type of workout program. Our doctors and all of the people who know and love us, books, experts, and ads on television say in so many words that if you want to stay young and healthy, you must workout. We all agree that working out does help us feel and look better as we age. But nowhere in any of those ads or in any conversations about working out do any of these well-intentioned people mention what happens to our hair or what to do with our hair after we work out. Many women struggle with this, particularly black women. Some black women feel forced to choose between working out and having great hair. I am here to tell you that you can do both. That is right: you can work out and have great hair! Some of the challenges that women go through as they try to do both is their hair tends to feel dry, look frizzy, and lack luster; the number one complaint is loss of style retention. A good cardio workout causes our body to overheat and sweat. You know what sweating does to a hairstyle-- it causes the style to flop. So often I hear from black women, "My hair won't hold a style, and my scalp itches." But, have you ever thought about why your hair won't hold a style and why your scalp itches? Or, more important, have you ever thought about the negative things sweat does to your hair and scalp?
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